Tabernacle

Noun

  • Any portable shrine used in heathen or idolatrous worship
  • (US) A temporary place of worship, especially a tent, for a tent meeting, as with a venue for revival meetings.
  • (nautical) A hinged device allowing for the easy folding of a mast 90 degrees from perpendicular, as for transporting the boat on a trailer, or passing under a bridge.
  • (by extension) The Jewish Temple at Jerusalem (as continuing the functions of the earlier tabernacle).
  • A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist, normally located in an especially prominent place in a Roman Catholic church.
  • (figuratively) Any abode or dwelling place, or especially the human body as the temporary dwelling place of the soul, or life.
  • (biblical) The portable tent used before the construction of the temple, where the shekinah (presence of God) was believed to dwell.
  • A sukkah, the booth or 'tabernacle' used during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot.
  • (by extension) Any house of worship; used especially of Mormon churches.
  • any temporary dwelling, a hut, tent, booth.

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